Category: Latin America

The Father of Liberation Theology

Fr. of Liberation Theology

In the mid 80’s I requested to enrol in a course on Liberation Theology in Peru with Fr. Gutierrez. My bishop (Bishop Eugene LaRocque) who was chaplain for an Organization named CIASP (Conference on Inter American Student Project) in the 60’s and early 70’s, didn’t blink an eye, and sent me off. Years later, when Bishop Paul-Andre succeeded Bishop LaRocque, I was fearful that this would be held against me. I remember the day when he called me in to get to know me, and I said something like this: “You probably won’t be impressed to know that I studied liberation theology with Gutierrez in Peru.” His response shocked, but relieved me: “I am absolutely impressed.”

In this context I recommend this LINK.



For decades, many liberation theologians globally have lived with a looming possibility: One day, a letter could arrive from the Vatican contesting their work, even calling it heretical or anti-Christian.

Mounting a defense could take years, with long, confidential letters sent back and forth to the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. For lay people, non-compliance could mean losing university tenure. For priests, brothers, and sisters, it could mean an order of silence or even removal from your religious order. Read More:

With Vatican doctrinal czar, liberation theology pioneer reflects on troubles | National Catholic Reporter

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez – Founder of Liberation Theology – Honored at Vatican

When I decided to study Liberation Theology in 1987 in Lima Peru, with Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez,some wondered about my vocation, and others questioned my orthodoxy. Fast forward to 2014, and here are the headlines in today’s press:

Founder of Liberation Theology Hailed at Vatican – ABC News.

Meet the Cardinal: Ricardo Ezzati Andrello – Santiago, Chile | Salt + Light Blog


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — Cardinal-designate Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, Chile, said he would serve the church with “humility and simplicity” when he is elevated to cardinal in February.

The cardinal-designate also said although his name had been circulated as a potential candidate, the announcement that he was chosen along with 18 others by Pope Francis was “unexpected.”

“I’m the son of a simple family, a small business owner in a rural village. I always remember my origins, and I think this has helped me in much of my life,” Cardinal-designate Ezzati said Jan. 12, according to remarks provided to Catholic News Service by the Archdiocese of Santiago. Read More:Meet the Cardinal: Ricardo Ezzati Andrello – Santiago, Chile | Salt + Light Blog

Pope expresses his closeness to victims of flooding in Buenos Aires


People wade through a flooded street after a rainstorm in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2. Affirming his closeness to his “beloved Argentine people,” Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims of recent flooding in Buenos Aires and surrounding are as, and he urged government offices and private citizens to help those most in need.- CNS photo/Enrique Marcarian, Reuters

VATICAN CITY – Affirming his closeness to his READ FULL ARTICLE:

Pope expresses his closeness to victims of flooding in Buenos Aires

A Mass You’ll Never Forget

I was reviewing the links on the parish website ( when an article on John Allen’s widget caught my eye. The title read: “In Brazil, one catholic mass you will never forget.” Intrigued, I clicked for the full article which described in great detail a Mass celebrated in an old factory by a Padre Marcelo Rossi. After reading the article, I googled the the good Padre and confirmed that he was a household name across Brazil with super-star status and rock star events. And, indeed, every age group(male and female) was responding, as the article stated.

I’m posting some links on Padre Rossi so that you can see what is happening in Brazil. I suspect you will have mixed reactions as did the readers of John Allen’s article which I post here for you to read also. Here is one video of many that you can view to sense the flavor, and here is another link to several videos. If you want more just google. Before you watch anything, I suggest you read about John Allen’s experience.


What do I think you may ask? Well, I too have mixed reactions, and I am still pondering the great human need that bursts forth periodically in the church for moments of great spiritual emotion and celebration. Does it change lives? Like everything else it really depends on the individual. Is this the way to go? Personally, I think I’ve been there and done that in other ways, today I’m in a different place. Where are you , and what do you think?